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    Novation DrumStation

    Drum Synth Module

    British company Novation made their name with the BassStation synth, which offered dance music producers instantly tweakable, analogue-style synth sounds in a MIDI-controllable package. The new DrumStation applies the same formula to the de rigueur dance sounds of Roland TR 808 and TR809 drum machines. Paul Nagle moves from station to station...

    Reviews Jul 1996
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    Syntecno TeeBee

    Analogue Synth Module

    With prices for an original Roland TB303 as high as £1000 on the open market, it is unsurprising that the last two years have seen a number of manufacturers attempting to emulate the 303 in a cheaper, MIDI'd form. Martin Russ checks out the latest pretender to the throne...

    Reviews Jul 1996
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    Spectral Audio ProTone

    Monosynth

    It may be Swiss, but there's nothing cheesy about the idea of a synth that lets you rekindle your rusty analogue programming skills. Paul Nagle dons his boots and goes hiking through the peaks and troughs of the ProTone's analogue waveforms...

    Reviews Jun 1996
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    Yamaha P150

    Electronic Piano

    Few people would deny that there's nothing like a real acoustic piano — but they're not always the most practical of instruments. Paul Ward looks at an electronic alternative that could be the answer.

    Reviews Jun 1996
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    Ensoniq MR

    Rack Synth Module

    Expandable and user-friendly, Ensoniq's new synth module favours preset sounds and effects over editing and programming options. Julian Colebeck asks how the Mr Rack stacks up.

    Reviews Apr 1996
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    Waldorf Pulse

    Monosynth

    A monosynth that doesn't cost monopoly money? Paul Nagle thinks Waldorf's new Pulse offers the most fun you can have with your presets off...

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Alesis DM5

    Drum Module

    Paul White checks out the successor to his beloved D4 and ends up casting sidelong glances at his cheque book.

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Akai SG01v

    Vintage Sound Module

    We try out Akai's first synth in absolutely ages — and discover a monster in sheep's clothing.

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Viscount MF01 Song Worker

    Active Data Filer/GM Module

    Drawing on their experience of home keyboard and MIDI data filer manufacture, Italian company Viscount have created the MF01, a combined data filer and GM module. Andy Davies gives it a spin...

    Reviews Jan 1996
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    Emu Systems Sound Engine

    GM Sound Module

    Emu's Sound Engine is the first dedicated General MIDI module from the USA. Derek Johnson explores GM the American way.

    Reviews Dec 1995
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    Marion Systems Pro Synth

    Synth Module

    Following on from last year's modular MSR2 synth, Marion Systems' new stand-alone Pro Synth seeks to capture the analogue sounds of yesteryear in module format, without recourse to sample-based synthesis techniques. Paul Nagle lends an ear.

    Reviews Nov 1995
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    Roland Sound Expansion Series

    Synth Expander Modules

    Paul White bolts Roland's new range of synth expander modules into his rack, seats himself in the comfy chair, then switches it on.

    Reviews Oct 1995
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    Kurzweil K2500R

    Rack Sound Module

    Offering evolution not revolution, the feature-laden K2500R packs one heck of a sonic punch. Paul Ward remains impressed...

    Reviews Oct 1995
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    Kurzweil K2500R

    Production Station Rack [Preview]

    Long-term K2000 user Paul Ward gets to grips with the latest in Kurzweil's line of groundbreaking synths for just long enough to produce this hands-on preview...

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Yamaha MU50 & Yamaha CBX-K1

    Tone Generator & MIDI Keyboard XG

    Two of Yamaha's most recent products, the MU50 synth module and the CBX-K1 mini keyboard, are designed to compliment each other as the nucleus of a budget, GM-compatible music-making setup.. Paul Nagle evaluates the pair, and considers the potentially confusing role of Yamaha's XG MIDI format...

    Reviews Sep 1995
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    Waldorf Microwave 2.0

    Wavetable Synthesizer

    Paul Nagle takes home a version 2.0 Microwave and discovers why this extraordinary instrument continues to enjoy such a long and illustrious life.

    Reviews Aug 1995
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    Novation BassStation

    Rack Analogue Synth

    Novation have squeezed the innards of their successful BassStation analogue bass synth into a 1U rackmount model, throwing in some handy new features along the way. Jonathan Miller gets lost in bass...

    Reviews Jul 1995
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    Yamaha MU5

    Tone Generator

    It's 28-voice polyphonic, with 128 sounds and a computer interface — and comes in a box the size of a video tape. Derek Johnson finds out whether size matters after all.

    Reviews Jun 1995
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    Moog Taurus

    Bass Pedals (Retro)

    Paul Ward gets bullish about one of Robert Moog's lesser-known creations - the Taurus bass foot pedals, famed for their thunderous sound and association with some of the 1970s prog rock scene's greatest stars.

    Reviews Jun 1995
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    Roland VG8

    Virtual Guitar System

    Paul White gets truly virtual with Roland's new physical modelling guitar product — and no, it's not a guitar synth!

    Reviews May 1995
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    Korg X5DR

    Synth Module

    More notes, more waveforms, but more money. Is this new module from Korg just more of the same? Derek Johnson finds out...

    Reviews May 1995

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